BALTIMORE, Md. (WMAR) - Officials with the Baltimore Police Department have announced five arrests in a recent scam that targeted the area's elderly.
Of those arrested, officials say two were women, three were men. They say the five individuals were all involved in planning the scams, which in some cases were violent.
"This despicable scam that has been targeting the elderly in Baltimore -- individuals accused …they epitomize the definition of cowardice," BPD Public Affairs Director Anthony Guglielmi. "And, it is troubling what these people have done for a very long time to our mothers, fathers, grandparents…"
Guglielmi said detectives have been working "around the clock" in attempt to make arrests. He said many have not been home to visit their families since last week.
In total, officials say, 10 incidents have been reported -- but, they believe there may be more victims.
Victims were targeted by a female caller, claiming to represent Baltimore’s city tax office. They would tell the victims they owed money, and if payment did not happen, eviction from their homes would follow. A male would then arrive at the residence and demand to receive a cash payment.
“If this payment was given with any resistance, he would then resort to violence,” said BPD Sgt. Sarah Connoly.
Those charged have been identified as Christopher Pasco, James Pasco, Michael Fields, Tierra McCoy and Vaneka Powers.
McCoy and Powers have been charged in two of the incidents with robbery, theft scheme conspiracy, attempted extortion, exploitation of vulnerable adults, breaking and entering, conspiracy to rob and assault.
McCoy received a $1 million bail and Powers is being held without bail.
The three male suspects, as of Tuesday, had each been charged with robbery. Sgt. Connoly said additional charges are being reviewed and are expected to be added.
Officials say they believe they have arrested everyone involved in the scheme.
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